Liam McAtasney Biography
Liam McAtasney was a young boy from new jersey. was convicted in February on several charges related to the murder of his former friend and high school classmate, Sarah Stern, 19, in December 2016. Liam McAtasney was found guilty of strangling his friend and throwing her body of a bridge to stage the death as suicide has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Liam McAtasney was sentenced to life without parole for murdering his childhood friend Sarah Stern and tossing her body over a New Jersey bridge. https://t.co/de4At3900D
— ABC News (@ABC) June 22, 2019
Liam McAtasney Age
He is 21 years old.
Liam McAtasney Sentenced
According to NJ.com. Judge Richard W. English also gave McAtasney an additional ten year sentence for one charge of desecration of human remains and one charge of conspiracy to desecrate human remains.
Prosecutors claimed McAtasney strangled Stern and dumped her body off the Route 35 bridge in Belmar, in a bid to make it look like she took her own life.
I’m in the courthouse in Monmouth County today, where Liam McAtasney will be sentenced for murdering his childhood friend Sarah Stern. https://t.co/xyhDe3HnOd
— Amanda Hoover (@amandahoovernj) June 21, 2019
Liam McAtasney Work/Career
McAtasney worked with Preston Taylor, 21, also a former classmate, to try to steal what they believed was $100,000 in a house owned by Stern’s family.
Taylor pleaded guilty to six charges involving robbery and the treatment of human remains and is scheduled to be sentenced next week, according to NJ.com.
Liam McAtasney Stealing Money
McAtasney was also found guilty of stealing nearly $10,000 Stern’s mother had left to her and burying it.
Liam McAtasney gets life without parole for the murder of his childhood friend Sarah Stern. Sarah’s Dad Michael and another friend addressed Judge English before he handed down the sentence. More on @News12NJ soon!! @MonCoProsecutor speaking soon too.
— Marci Rubin News12NJ (@MarciRubinN12) June 21, 2019
Liam McAtasney Murder Sarah Stern and Cause of Killing
Liam McAtasney also discussed the murder with another classmate, Anthony Curry, in a secretly recorded conversation that was heard and regarded as crucial evidence during the trial.
In December 2016, McAtasney and accomplice, Preston Taylor, threw Sarah Stern’s body off a bridge before leaving her car there to make it look like the 19-year-old killed herself. Her body has never been found
Liam McAtasney, of Neptune City, was sentenced today to Life in prison without the possibility for parole for the 2016 murder of Sarah Stern in her Neptune City home before he discarded her body off of the Rt 35 bridge between Belmar and Neptune.https://t.co/ILGHybcaC7
— Monmouth Prosecutor (@MonCoProsecutor) June 21, 2019
Stern’s father Michael and other family members were present in court as the sentence was handed down and wore various shades of purple, which was his daughter’s favorite color.
McAtasney went onto tell his friend that he needed Taylor’s help dumping Stern’s body off the Route 35 bridge because he didn’t realize how heavy she would be.
In the video, McAtasney also talks about he thought he was going to get $100,000 by robbing Stern of her inheritance after killing her, but that he only got $8,000.
‘The worst part of it is I thought I was going to come out $50,000 to a $100,000 in my pocket. She had one safe that she took money out, and she only had $10,000,’ he said.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- He was given a life sentence without parole after being found guilty of the murder of his childhood friend, Sarah Stern, 19, in December 2016
- With the help of an accomplice, Preston Taylor, McAtasney threw her body off a bridge and left her car at the scene to make it look like suicide
- In court Friday, Stern’s father Michael tearfully spoke of the impact of his death
- At his trial, jurors saw a videotape in which McAtasney describes how he killed Stern in order to rob her of her inheritance and it took her a half hour to die
- The tape was recorded by another high school classmate, Anthony Curry, who was secretly cooperating with investigators